The Arizona West Coast Girls Showcase was held on January 25th-26th at North Canyon High School. The purpose of the event was to evaluate the 7th/8th grade players in Arizona prior to the players entering high school. All the top club programs for the 8th grade division were in attendance. In addition, the Cal Sparks from Los Angeles participated in the showcase.
Here is the evaluation release schedule for this event.
Monday: 8th grade player evaluations.
Tuesday: 7th grade player evaluations.
Wednesday: Invitation list for the Discover Camp scheduled for March 8th at Phoenix College. Ten 8th graders will be invited to attend.
Thursday: Player evaluations by West Coast Girls Hoops
8th graders who excelled at the showcase
Sentia Bryant (Arizona Sting) – Bryant was the biggest post player in the event. She scored well in the paint and was very effective rebounding on both ends of the floor. Bryant is long, fairly athletic and skilled for her size. She has a very good basketball body and a high ceiling. A definite name to remember.
Janae Gonzales (Team Legacy) – A knock down 3 point shooter. She was 5 for 6 in the first half of one showcase game. Gonzales scored 24 points in that game which was the showcase high for a single game. What impressed us the most was her ability to get to the basket when her shot was not falling. Gonzales has an advanced skill set for her age and she does some things that you can’t teach. Break out performer.
Caitlin Bickle (Arizona Power) – Prime Time player. Great size, length and versatility. Bickle showed a very nice shooting touch out to the 3 point line. She is an intense competitor and simply a winner. Bickle should be an impact player as a freshman next year.
Shaylee Gonzales (Team AZ Red Elite) – Pure PG who has a nice feel for the game. She showed the ability to score when needed. Ultimate floor general who understands how to control a game. Her understanding of the passing angles is very advanced.
Maddie Frederick (Jump Athletic) – Frederick shot the ball as good as anyone at the event. She has a natural stroke. Good size and length for the guard position. Solid fundamentals and a great team first approach.
Sydney Palma (Arizona Rebels) – A much improved player since the last time we scouted Palma. Her shot has improved a great deal and she is a very capable ball handler. Palma plays with a lot of flare. She works extremely hard on the defensive end as well.
Taylor Chavez (Arizona Power) – Chavez has grown a bit since our last viewing. She is a complete player at this stage. Chavez makes things happen when she is out on the floor. Although we only had a chance to evaluate one game, her basketball abilities was clearly apparent as soon as she stepped on the court. Chavez is a very relentless player.
Lindsey VanAllen (Team AZ Red Elite) – VanAllen can score is a variety of ways. She has a very quick release to her jumper and she also displayed a nice mid-range game. VanAllen is a confident player who has shown the ability to provide physical defense for a player for her size. A big time scorer who had a game high of 17 points playing against the Arizona Elite. She had one the highest scoring average of the showcase. She can play both guard positions with ease.
Tyonna Singleton (Team Legacy) – Singleton attacks the basket extremely well. She is a punishing offensive player who uses her strength to overpower smaller players. Singleton runs the floor well and she excels in the transition game. Great size for the guard position. Good looking prospect that will only get better.
Amaya Leon (Arizona Sting) – Good IQ combo guard. Who performed well on both ends of the court. She plays with a lot of purpose and determination. Leon can play multiple positions due to her size and skill set. Aggressive defender who will not be outworked.
Janei-Ruby Fuamatu (Cal Sparks) – Very effective point guard who knows how to run the high octane Sparks team. Fuamatu is a powerful ball handler who plays with a lot of heart. Effort player with a great approach to the game.
Clarissa Rodarte (Team AZ Red Elite) – Rodarte simply looks likes an elite player with a nice blend of size and athleticism. She seems to have all the physical skills to be a top level player in high school. As Rodarte improves on her determination and desire to become the best, she will move into to the elite group of prospects for the 2018 class.
Veronica Perez (Jump Athletic) – A crafty combo guard with solid fundamentals. Gritty defender and a player who makes good decisions on the court. She played well in both showcase games.
Ariana Clavell (Arizona Sting) – Developing wing/post player who continued to improved throughout the showcase. Clavell could emerge into a very valuable contributor to a high school program over the next couple years with continued development.
Makenna Dianovich (Arizona Rebels) – Dianovich displayed a nice all around game. Smooth player that makes the game look easy. Talented prospect.
Stacy Hock (Arizona Elite) – Effort player who was very effective around the basket. Hock sets some outstanding picks to free up guards for easy baskets.
Madison Vick (Arizona Power) – Played very well against the Cal Sparks in her one showcase game. She showed good ball handling skills along with quickness. We need to see more of her.
Kennedi Graham (Cal Sparks) – Tremendous defender and rebounder. Deceptively strong and agile. Good potential and one to watch out of Southern California.
There were many other 8th graders that performed well at the event as we could not mention them all in this report. We will continue to follow the progress of the entire 2018 class as players continue to improve.